The New Year is upon us, and as always, there’s action in the sports world.
The National Hockey League (NHL) is holding its annual Winter Classic. The Winter Classic is where two teams compete in an outdoor hockey game (rather than playing in the typical arena).
Last year’s matchup between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild was postponed due to the pandemic, but this year, the two teams collide.
The Minnesota Wild will host the St. Louis Blues at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Blues are first in the Central division (and in the league overall) with a record of 18-9-5. They also aren’t strangers to the Winter Classic, as they won their Winter Classic matchup in 2017. They hosted the Chicago Blackhawks and beat them 4-1.
The Blues are having a good season and, at this rate, could be on the verge of their second Stanley Cup. They won their first in 2019. But in the meantime, they’ll try to get a win over Minnesota for the Winter Classic.
The Winter Classic game should be interesting, as it is set to be the coldest NHL game ever played. Forecasts predict a high of minus-2 degrees and a low of minus-21.
The NHL is preparing for this matter and plans to heat the ice to get ready for the game.
“When the air temperature is above the optimum ice temperature, the glycol and aluminum pans transfer heat away from the ice. But when the air temperature is below the optimum ice temperature, it transfers heat to the ice,” the league said.
“The NHL has used a custom-made inline heater before to warm the glycol in the pipes on the way to the floor, but here it will use two inline heaters for the first time, one at the refrigeration truck and another in the outfield. The crew can calibrate the temperature to a half-degree.”
The Blues have a talented squad, including players like Vladimir Tarasenko and Pavel Buchnevich, who led the team in points. They also have young prospects like Dakota Joshua. So, while the Blues are on the road for this game, they have what it takes to win.
The Winter Classic (which starts at 7 pm EST tonight) is exciting, and despite the frigid temperatures, NHL fans are in for a good game.